Q: What does the “M” stand for?
A: This is the question I most get asked. The truth is, the “M” stands for a lot of things, chief among them:
- Methos. A nickname I acquired in college. It refers to a character from the television series Highlander. I’m not entirely sure how I became christened with the name, but the quote, “Now we have Methos, and now we’ll have a plan” had something to do with it, I think. Methos is the oldest Immortal, if not the wisest, but I’m not the oldest of my friends, so . . . Has more to do with his/my cunning as I understand it.
- Morningstar. As in “Lucifer Morningstar,” which I think was taken from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics? (At least as it applies to me.) Basically because I’m the one who gets called in when everything’s gone to hell. As a general rule, you don’t want to ever get to that point, and you don’t want to have to deal with me in Morningstar capacity.
- Mac. Short for MacGyver. My high school friends thought it was funny to give me duct tape, rubber bands and paper clips for my birthday. And I did carry a Swiss Army knife back then, which was before you were likely to get arrested for that kind of thing. (Also, call me privileged, but I went to a school where we really wouldn’t have considered stabbing one another.)
- Mandy. There are five people in this world who are able to call me this. If you wish to join their ranks, you will have to be a very special person indeed. Otherwise, were you to use this name in addressing me without my having first allowed it, I would probably ignore you.
- Manda. This is, in fact, my actual name.
Q: How do you pronounce your last name?
Q: Do you still do editing? Will you edit my book for me?
A: I do still edit from time to time, but I’m pretty selective about my projects because I have so much of my own work to keep me busy. If you want to submit the first few pages (no more than 20) of your manuscript as a sample to see if I would be willing to take it on, feel free. I charge $28/hour for editing and average 10 pages per hour (but note that is variable depending on the work). Alternatively, I offer a per-word rate of $.017 per word.
Q: Will you read/review my [book, script, movie, YouTube video, etc.]?
A: Visit my reviews site for guidelines on submitting stuff. I get a lot of stuff e-mailed to me, sometimes even sent to my house, and I do try to look through all of it. But I’m also a working writer with projects of my own, so unfortunately if it’s not something that really catches my attention, I can’t possibly spend any time with it. Also, be aware that I will give a very honest review/critique on my site. And if you’re asking for notes/feedback on a script, understand that I can only give very general notes. For detailed feedback, I suggest submitting to contests or coverage services (so long as either is reputable). Or if you want to pay me for detailed notes, sure.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I usually answer this question with one of my own: “Originally or most recently?”
I was born in Texas. My childhood was spent going between there and southern Louisiana. I lived on the east coast for 12+ years and am now in California. I also spend a lot of time in New York and London, so I don’t really feel like I’m “from” anywhere any more. More like, “Roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it.” (Job 1:7)
Q: Are you on IMDb?
Q: Who is your agent?
A: I don’t currently have one, though I’ve worked with a few for different projects, and I’m very thankful for their help. I’m not opposed to signing with one when I find the right fit.
Q: Where can I find Letters to Rob?
A: The website is gone, but you can read the original 365 letters to Rob Thomas and his matchbox twenty bandmates here. (PDF) The follow-up letters are not currently available.
Q: Where can I find Sherlock: A Game of Hearts (or: “The Obstructed View,” “The Affair of the Art,” “The Adventure of the Gilded Lily,” “The Corring Chase Incident,” “The Ganymede Cup,” “A Society of Martlets,” “The Empty House”)?
A: PDF is here.
Q: Which Scottish clan are you from?
Q: How can you be French Creole and have a Scottish clan?
A: At the very least there are two sides (sometimes more) to every family. Like in A Hard Day’s Night, when Paul says of his grandfather: “Everyone’s entitled to two, aren’t they? This is my other one.”
Q: What do you mean by “French Creole”?
A: I mean that in the mid 1700s my father’s family left France for Louisiana. We’re not Acadian (“Cajun”); we didn’t go to Nova Scotia only to be relocated later. We went directly to New Orleans. A minor distinction.
Q: What is your signature scent?
A: I wear Body by Burberry and sometimes Play by Givenchy.
Q: What’s your favorite flower?
A: I like a lot of flowers, but I’m especially fond of blue hydrangeas, daffodils, pink and yellow roses, gardenias, and violets.
Q: What’s your favorite flavor of jelly bean?
A: I’m a bit of a jelly bean snob and really only like Jelly Belly beans, mostly because they produce my favorite flavors. Whenever I go to a store that allows me to choose, I make this patented “M” mix: bubble gum + watermelon + Dr Pepper + just a splash of buttered popcorn.
Q: What astrological sign are you?
A: Really? Do people still ask this? I’m a Sagittarius, and my rising sign is on the Capricorn-Aquarius cusp. Lunar Gemini, Venus in Scorpio . . . A lot of other stuff I can’t remember . . .
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